In your original post, you asked for opinions from people that he left the US. I left over two years ago and live in The Philippines and telecommute.
Of course without an existing skill and contracts this move would not have been possible. It is not easy to move to a foreign country and live. You
will always be a foreigner. You will always be taken advantage of to some degree by the locals. My experiences have given me compassion for all of the
LEGAL immigrants who made that trek to the USA.
I did not leave the USA for political reasons, I love my country and for what it stands. The problem with America is not the Government. After all,
the US government is of the people, by the people, for the people.
The problem with America is the largely caused by the American people. Due to the sacrifices by the VETS, people in America have not lived a life of
occupation or struggled nearly a fraction of those in "the third world". Don't blame the immigrants for owning all of the former Mom and Pop
businesses. They bought those businesses from people whose children did not want to follow their parents and work hard for an honest living. Those
immigrants are living the "American Dream", while Natural born Americans don't even dream.
I left America because I wanted to raise my children how I see fit. I wanted to work at home and be an active parent. That is my dream and I am living
it every day. I am 44 years old and about as happy as I have ever been in my life right now. I have a successful business, wonderful wife, two
beautiful children, white sands and cheap rum & smokes! What more could a guy ask for?
As one poster commented, when he traveled out of the states he found out that it wasn't America that is bad, It is the attitude of Americans. That
observation is so true.
Just a few observations on my part....
Originally posted by dragonsmusic
As a citizen of this country I feel it is my duty to leave here with a respect for the nation that raised me and with a sense of peace.
You seem like an idealistic individual. You say you are not old, but you are not young. Age has little bearing on wisdom. Life experiences contribute
to wisdom more than anything.
Before I left the states, I traveled to 46 states, 5 provinces in Canada and 4 states in Mexico. Only then did I get my passport and go abroad. You
say you have been to Colorado and California. Believe me, you have not seen anything yet!
It will be a couple of years before I leave America, but when I do it will be to spend the majority of my life in Europe. I will have
completed my degree in Romance Languages at the University of Georgia.
Let's be real here.... You are two years away from a liberal arts degree. You plan on going directly from college to Europe and starting a
successful career in the wine industry and playing guitar with Europeans. Why not instead save up some money, take a vacation to Europe and find out
what you are getting into. Don't go off half-cocked, end up destitute and going to your local US embassy or consulate and asking for one way ticket
As a guitar player , singer, songwriter, I long for the days when I travel through Europe playing and singing with other musicians.
Take a trip to Nashville and jam for awhile. You will meet people of all cultures and musical influences there. I even hear that there is an "open
mic" night at a Chick Fila fast food restaurant in Nashville!
I am not trying to burst your bubble or attack you. By all means travel the world and experience what life has to offer - but do it for the right
reasons and be realistic.
Join the Peace Corps and go to a country where you can make a difference helping the people with basic needs or maybe teaching them how to play
guitar. After your trip you will realize how much you did not know then (meaning now). You will look at your post in a few years and laugh, I'm
Good Luck to You!